look at her!
what? how!? why? WHEN??!
I remember four years ago, eating lime snow cones in the delivery room waiting for you to come. Daddy and I were watching Notting Hill, and I was trying so hard to focus on contractions, but instead I was laughing my head off at Hugh Grant.
To this day I am always laughing when you are around.
You are the goofiest, sweetest girl....and you know it!
I love that all you wanted for your birthday was a fishing pole, but that you also will only wear the twirliest of dresses and sparkliest of shoes.
I love that you are usually wearing several band-aids and have scuffed up knees, but that you also love to comb and comb and comb your hair, waiting for it to grow as long as Rapunzels.
I love that you are my baby. Sometimes I scoop you up in my arms and rock you back and forth....
....and then you yell, "MOO-OOM!!! I am NOT a baby!
Why do you always think I am a baby you silly girl!"
But moms are very smart, and usually right, and so I should tell you....you ARE my baby, no matter how big you get.
Let's try not to get big so fast....
Happy Birthday baby girl!!
annnd......all she wanted for her birthday cake was chocolate cake with pink frosting...
...so here you have it!
Chocolate Cake with Strawberry Buttercream
2 ounces semisweet chocolate
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup boiling water
6 TBS butter, melted
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup milk
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Line bottom of two 8" cake pans with round of parchment paper, butter paper, and sides of pan.
Finely chop chocolate and in a bowl combine with hot water and cocoa powder. Let mixture stand, stirring occasionally, until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
In a bowl add flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In another large bowl with an electric mixer beat butter and sugar until combined. Add eggs (adding one at a time) until thickened slightly and light colored (about 3 minutes). Slowly add milk, and melted chocolate mixture, beating until combined well. Add flour mixture and beat on medium speed until just combined.
Pour batter into pan, and bake in middle of oven until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 25-30 minutes.
Cool cake completely before frosting.
3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup strawberry puree (a large handful of strawberries thrown in the food processor)
1 tsp pure vanilla
5-6 cups powder sugar (depending on how thick you want your frosting. I needed it a little bit thicker so the ruffles would hold up. Ruffle tutorial here.
cream together butter, puree, and vanilla. Add powdered sugar a little at a time until you reach the consistency you like.
Chocolate Buttercream (for middle layer)
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 cup powder sugar
3-4 TBS milk
Cream together butter, cocoa, powdered sugar. Add milk a little at a time.